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Poster: k-otic Date: Dec 11, 2009 1:26pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: another question for Video-Cellar

I´ve uploaded Algiers (1938)
When i look at the IMDB page for this movie it says under Additional Details > 96 min (copyright length) ... as far as i know there is no other version than the one with 96 minutes
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029855/

do you have any idea what copyright length mean ?

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Dec 12, 2009 12:06am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: another question for Video-Cellar

I think copyright length is the running time of the copies lodged with the library of congress.

When Wanger secured the rights to remake the French film Pepe Le Moko for America he got a really short term deal. He could make the film, exploit it and remake it again for a period of nine years then he lost all rights and had to destroy all prints, except the option of keeping one for archiving purposes. The deal had been negotiated by MGM but they on sold their licence to Wanger.

He had to secure copyright as part of the deal and had to lodge 2 copies with the USCO/LOC. The LOC decided that the film was good and they would add it to their collection. The only copies that survive are the LOC reels and that's the sole reason we have the picture today, because Wanger choose not the keep an archive copy or remake the film.

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Poster: k-otic Date: Dec 12, 2009 6:31am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: another question for Video-Cellar

thank you for your fast response
so uploading the 96 min (copyright length) version is sober and has nothing to do with the copyright status of the film?

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Dec 12, 2009 6:50am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: another question for Video-Cellar

Yes, it has nothing to do with the copyright status. Its just the length of the copies registered and submitted to the USCO and LOC.

After the Wanger contract ended the rights were sold to Universal, who made "Casbah", and responsibility for renewing copyright on "Algiers" rested with them. They failed to renew the copyright on "Algiers" so it fell into the PD. The underlying story was published under a pseudonym, so it had a limited copyright term and is now also in the PD.